Trophy Size Roadside Rainbows!
Angler Keith Hoffman caught this fine specimen of a Willow Creek rainbow on a cotton candy flesh fly while fishing near the mouth of the stream. It taped out at 27 inches.
Willow Creek is just one of many streams that cross the Parks Highway and make up the Susitna River drainage. Most of these small, easily fished streams have periods during the spring and fall when huge rainbows are available and accessible right from the road or within modest bushwhacking distances. Fly fishing with flesh fly patterns, alevins, and egg patterns are the usual offerings that produce extremely well. And all too often these streams have relatively little angling pressure in the late season when most anglers have had their fill of fishing for the year.
Photo Courtesy of Rick Davies
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